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Superintendent's Message

This school year could be considered one of the most memorable and accomplished seasons Canutillo ISD has ever enjoyed. And, as our District celebrates 60 years since its establishment in 1959, we remember our achievements while we venture for even more to come in the near future.

We kicked off the year by announcing our accountability grade as the only traditional school district in the El Paso region to earn an Exemplary Performance A-Rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Then, in October, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Northwest Early College High School earned a 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award in the Exemplary High-Performing category. Following that, the Department of Education also named the Northwest principal one of only 11 national recipients of the 2018 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership.

Canutillo ISD then made headlines by being selected as a finalist for the statewide 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education award for the first time as an outstanding small district. And, of course, Jose Damian Elementary, Canutillo Middle School, and Northwest Early College were named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership Texas Star Honor Roll for their high achievement in student success.

Our students have given the District a lot more to celebrate. The Canutillo High School regional champion math team placed 2nd in State UIL 5A calculator applications. And, Canutillo ISD gained its first UIL state champion in both academics and athletics when Ricardo Corona became El Paso’s only UIL champion in academics this year. That's quite an accomplishment.

The list continues. Northwest Early College is one of a select number of schools nationwide that graduated the first class of Amazon Future Engineers. And, once again, Northwest made the U.S. News & World Report's list of Best High Schools in the country this year. Student musicians from Canutillo Middle School had the opportunity to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. And, Deanna Davenport Elementary was recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students.

Strategic partnerships are a large factor in our students’ success. Computer science company GameSalad for Education and the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) teamed up with CISD to expand computer science education to our middle school students over the next five years through a generous grant.

In the end, the students win. 433 graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. Collectively, the Class of 2019 earned more than $15.6 million in scholarships, grants, and financial aid, completed more than 6,800 college credit hours, and already earned 85 college associate degrees.

This year was also banner year for our teachers and staff. Canutillo ISD educators are among the best trained in all of the United States thanks to their successful completion of the National Board Certification process. In all, Canutillo ISD has 10 of the 16 certified educators in Texas.

Our district Finance Department is on a roll. The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded CISD with the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the third consecutive year. And also, for the third time, CISD was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.

Given all the success, and thanks to increased funding by the Texas Legislature, the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees approved a historic employee pay raise for next school year. Teachers, nurses and librarians, will receive a five percent increase while all other employees will receive a four percent raise.

The District is proud to partner with organizations who support our community. Canutillo area residents of all ages will now have greater access to integrated health care in their community thanks to a new partnership between CISD and Project Vida Health Center. And, kids will soon have a new place to spend time after school and during the summer. The District won an annual community grant of $5,000 in February from Superior HealthPlan to help create a recreational center that will offer a wide variety of activities for children, including a fitness center, academic help and games.

Canutillo alumni also got in on the action. Thirteen graduating seniors from Canutillo and Northwest Early College High Schools received $500-$1,000 from the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education (CAFÉ). What a way to give back.

So, enjoy your families this summer, celebrate what we have accomplished for our kids this year, and gear up for another victorious year. Be Canutillo!

Dr. Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of CISD Schools

Vision Statement
Canutillo ISD is a premier school district preparing tomorrow's best today with innovative, future-focused learning opportunities for every student.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to create rigorous, student-centered classrooms which develop future-ready students to compete in a global economy and thrive in a multicultural world. 

Core Beliefs 
Culture of Excellence • Student Centered • High Expectations • Accountability • Transparency 
   1. Provide a safe & secure environment.
   2. Increase student academic achievement.
   3. Enhance student character & drive towards a career/ profession.
   4. Building meaningful parent partnership for their empowerment and engagement in their child’s education.
   5. Convey and share a positive image to all CISD & community stakeholders.

Academic Achievement
 •  Schools that met standard  
 •  Schools not meeting standard  0
 •  Graduation rate  91%
 •  Scholarship and grant funds awarded  $56,000,000

Student Demographics
 •  White  272
 •  Hispanic  5,848
 •  African American  64
 •  Asian  25
 •  Native American  5
 •  Pacific Islander   1
 •  Multiethnic  29
Number of students   6,200
Student attendance rate  96%
English Language Learners
(ELL) students


Total Employees
 •  Teachers  414
 •  Professional Support  67
 •  Administration  99
 •  Clerical  39
 •  Substitute Teachers/Tutors   214
 •  Auxiliary Staff   222
 •  Staring Teacher Salary $52,500

 Elementary Schools                                6
Middle Schools                         2
High Schools        2